Norristown, PA (November 5, 2014) – $124.26 million in compensatory and punitive damages was awarded today for the life-long benefit of the 20-year old daughter of former University of Pennsylvania economics Prof. Rafael Robb, who in 2006 brutally bludgeoned his estranged wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, in their King of Prussia home. The couple’s only child, Olivia, testified against her father at trial, was 12 at the time of her mother’s murder.
“Olivia Robb is finally free from the haunting, controlling terror of her murderous father,” said Robert J. Mongeluzzi, of Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, P.C., which represented the Estate of Ellen Gregory Robb, and Olivia, in the wrongful death and related survival action. “The jury’s verdict honored the memory of a caring, loving mother and at the same time sent a thunderous message to Rafael Robb, that he can no longer get away with his pathological lies, and that he will not be able to enjoy a life of luxury after his release in a few years.”
Gary Gregory, the brother of Ms. Robb and Administrator of her estate, stated after the verdict, “We’ve waited for this moment for eight painful, tear-filled years. Finally there is justice for our beloved sister Ellen and her remarkable daughter, our niece, who can now finally feel emancipated from her father.”
Mr. Mongeluzzi’s trial team included Andrew R. Duffy, Robert W. Zimmerman and John E. Savoth. Mr. Duffy stated after the verdict, “Olivia’s testimony was a profile in extraordinary courage. Today’s verdict is momentous for Ellen Gregory Robb’s family and for all those who fight so hard in support of victims of domestic violence and abuse.”
Robb, internationally known as an expert in economics and game theory, did not initially confess to the 2006 murder. Instead of facing trial on murder charges, in November 2007 he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and, as part of a plea bargain, was sentenced to 5-10 years in prison. Ms. Robb, 49 at the time of her murder, was home wrapping holiday presents when Rafael Robb beat her beyond recognition with a flat metal bar. She had just finalized plans to leave her psychologically controlling husband and move into a nearby townhouse with her daughter.
The Hon. Thomas M. Del Ricci presided at the three-day trial.